November 1, 2016 Subject:
The Original Fork-and-Roll Dance
Though considered one of the most memorable scenes in film history as performed by Chaplin in Gold Rush, mind you it is here that Fatty performs it for the very first time in front of the cameras.
I particularly enjoyed the coll (apathy?) that Fatty keeps during the initial fire scene, plus the backward camera takes such as the knife Buster Keaton throw at St. John's mouth or Fatty setting the table by just unwrapping the cloth with everything inside it.
December 2, 2011 Subject:
Knockabout humor from beginning to end. Love this humor! Arbuckle & St John are excellent, Keaton was mild but ok. Wild & hysterical if you like this humor...sad Arbuckle had that problem which caused him to pull out of starring. A true genius had he continued.....
August 20, 2009 Subject:
a pretty cool silent short film!
I enjoyed this short film, much to my surprise. The only Fatty-Buster film I had seen before was "Bellboy" - nice, mildly amusing but not so great. This one is noticeably better. As a Buster fan, I downloaded this one mostly on a purpose to see him in his early days. He is not prominent here, however, and doesn't look much like his usual self, smiling and laughing. But I wasn't disappointed in the least - Fatty alone is worth watching here. He is certainly great, and I understand now why he was such a prominent and influencing comedian. The fire scene is awesome, especially the way Fatty "deals" with the fire! Also, it was funny as heck when he took up cooking instead of the fired chief, and then was serving the guests at a table - you'll love it too! Al St. John is the ultimate of kookiness - Woody Woodpecker looks sane in comparison with him! The film also has a good soundtrack, so there's no silence.
January 29, 2009 Subject:
19 minutes of pure slapstick. Funny, funny, funny!